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This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.



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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Genocide in a Jar: Playing God with the Coronavirus


Image Source: Kickstarter.

A Freudian Slip

After a harrowing week of reports about an emerging pandemic, culminating with the WHO declaring a global public health emergency, it is time to be honest. The Chinese government-supported news outlet, CGTN, reported on 28 January 2020 that an Australian lab became the "first lab outside China to create - to recreate - the virus."

That statement could be read different ways. One way of reading it is that the news anchor is referring to Chinese researchers creating the virus ahead of the Australians and the Chinese were copying its appearance in the wild. Another way of reading it is that the virus was synthesized in China in the first place.

Pandemics, Evolution, and Playing God

Spanish Flu: a warning from history (30 November 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

It used to be that pandemics were about natural evolution, of humans and other species. We see this in history. The bubonic plague, smallpox, the 1918 flu epidemic were evolutionary disease events. They arose from natural conditions and the afflicted masses perceived the scourge in terms of divine, not political, will.

In today's secular age, politics replaces God, and science has been bent to serve the aims of politics. Pandemics can be less about nature, science and medicine - and more about politics. What you see in the current media struggle to control the coronavirus narrative is a debate on whether or not this epidemic is actually a political event and whose politics will be served by it.

In this sense, it is wrong to assume that anti-scientific sentiment hails solely from ignorant, God-fearing quarters. The criticism of science bent to serve political agendas is less a criticism of scientific ideas and methods than it is an attack on certain political agendas.

For example, anti-vaxxers are portrayed in the mainstream as anti-rationalist morons and religious lunatics. A deeper probe into the anti-vax sub-culture reveals people who may accept the basic medical concept of vaccination, or who at least understand it, but who remain suspicious of the political or ideological aims of vaccinators.

Scoff if you will, but these paranoids do live in a post-Holocaust world and they seem to have understood that point better than most. They know that a genocidal political culture can potentially arise in any state. No matter how uninformed they otherwise are, they are not wrong. When they lean toward personal fascism, these types may deny the history of the Holocaust. However, as I have explained in another post, it is on the ironic basis of the Holocaust and subsequent modern genocides that even neo-Nazi Holocaust-deniers know that a state can turn on its citizens and engineer a genocide.

When we discuss these inflammatory questions, the true debate gets lost behind the immediate outrage, the issue of the day. The true debate now is whether the nation state can and should evolve into a global state and to what degree, and whether either of these geopolitical entities - national or global - is ever mobilized to be systematically harmful toward its citizens. Behind this concern, we know that a core ideology drives every state architecture, and that set of goals may differ from the state's overt civic values and politics. Again, in a post-Holocaust environment, it is fair to ask if a state entity, no matter what virtues it claims to uphold, is actually driven by a malevolent core ideology.

Beyond these worries are the roles played by science and technology. These latter fields make certain actions available to state and political agents, where before those options did not exist.

The Georgia Guidestones express a real agenda of mass depopluation, supported by the guidestones' makers, who are unknown. Image Source: pinterest.

Discussion about the coronavirus is entering a difficult phase because it reflects all these issues: national jurisdictions and international communities; core Realpolitik ideologies versus overtly expressed political ideals; science and technology pressed into the service of a core Realpolitik ideology as well as overt politics.

The atmosphere of debate on these issues must not be one simply of top-down narrative authority by mainstream officials, experts and journalists. In the Information Age, they cannot simply insist they are right because they are authoritative. They have to prove that they are telling the truth.

At the heart of the matter is the question of whether this virus arose naturally or whether it is a weaponized, synthesized Frankenvirus, as reported by the Washington Times on 26 January 2020. If it is the latter, then how it was approved and released must be revealed. People everywhere would be absolutely right to demand immediate investigation of the current international and national political orders which permitted such an outcome: no one, anywhere, should be able to develop a 'genocide in a jar.'

If that possibility exists in this case, it is up to the media to thoroughly investigate every possible bit of evidence in that regard. If the bioweapons story is not true, then it has to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not true. It should not be simply, sloppily and reflexively denied by the MSM, 'because we said so' in order to maintain social order.

Again, there are justifiable reasons for worrying about bioweapons now. In the past, there were examples of diseases being weaponized and used against targeted populations, as with smallpox blankets being given to indigenous peoples in colonial America and Canada.

However, as far as I know, there were no historical examples of bio-engineered diseases. Before certain scientific and technological advances, we could not have made a 'genocide in a jar'. The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention reveals that we now have that capacity and it is not a comforting thought. Pretending that this reality does not exist and that a state or similar powerful entity cannot act along these lines is dishonest and dangerous.

Whether they are right or not, there are good reasons why people believe the Washington Times story that this epidemic is not a natural evolutionary event, but rather that this is a Frankenvirus, which can lie dormant in the body for days, and which seems to combine elements of coronaviruses, SARS and Ebola. And lo and behold, two months ago - as the pro-conspiracy site Zero Hedge found - that was precisely the focus of research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Postdoc job ad (18 November 2019). Image Source: Zero Hedge. Click to enlarge.

Dr. Joseph Farrell, an Oxford-educated conspiracist and author, discusses the above job ad. NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM JAN 30 2019 (30 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

This public suspicion has not been helped by the MSM suddenly moving in lockstep as of 28 January 2020 to control the narrative merely on the basis of their official media authority. As the MSM outlets work together to discredit the social media rumour that this virus is a bioweapon, they reinforce the public belief that there is a conspiracy afoot.

If we lived in a normal world, the MSM would ask whether bio-espionage and viral labs (especially the 50 odd level 4 labs around the world) are properly regulated and discover whether they are violating the Biological Weapons Convention. They would not quote 'experts' who say that they are confident that the Wuhan lab is following rules, merely because they 'think so.' They would ask why the FBI has arrested and charged a prominent Harvard scientist for lying about kickbacks he received to work and recruit scholars for the Wuhan lab. The same story was reinterpreted elsewhere as: Chinese Biowarfare Agents At Harvard University Caught Smuggling Viruses. You can read the affidavit here.

In a normal world, the MSM would ask why the policies for regulating risky virus experiments, in which scientists tweak viruses to make them more dangerous, were suddenly under review in the United States as of 24 January 2020.

In a normal world, the MSM would investigate the internal policies of big corporations when they hold pandemic gameplays a few months before an actual pandemic breaks out.

If we lived in a normal world, the MSM would not admonishing the justifiably riled public for daring to think for itself when a dangerous epidemic has arisen under sketchy, unclear circumstances. An MSM with backbone and real standards would look again China's competitive scientific community. It is well known that this community has by-passed, bent or broken normal humane research rules in order to gain a global competitive edge for its country.

It is no secret that China has more relaxed rules and the Chinese are engaging in Franken-research. There is an atmosphere that anything can be done with new scientific and technological capabilities. For the morally-challenged scientist with tone-deaf human intuition, working in China is an opportunity to play God.

In 2018, Foreign Policy shrugged its shoulders and stated: "China will always be bad at bioethics." Oh! That's all right then. The NYT confirmed that China is a hotbed of scandalous biomedical experiments. There was the full body transplant, with a head transferred to a new body! There are crazy cloning projects, including cloned primates. Last year, the Chinese created human-monkey hybrids.

In 2018-2019, the whole scientific community criticized China's anti-HIV genetically-altered CRISPR babies, which "seriously violated" regulations. The Chinese government has been fined for unauthorized collection of human DNA.

When four lone bioethics experts appealed to the journal Nature in 2019 to press the Chinese government for more oversight of risky bio-experiments, hundreds of Chinese researchers protested. After this demand for a "reboot" of biomedical regulations, the Chinese government did establish a national medial ethics committee to review "high risk biomedical technologies" in May of 2019. But all indications are that it was business as usual and everyone just pressed ahead. This "rogue science" is not a China-only problem, as western researchers are cross-pollinating with Asian researchers and western scientists are taking advantage of China's lax biomedical regulations and covert funding. This is an established fact, according to stories emerging from Canada and America.

In this context, it is not unreasonable to imagine that the embarrassing potential truth of a Chinese bioweapon, a 'genocide in a jar,' has been developed and unleashed. While research is often shared between labs, the burden of proof that there has been no wrongdoing in research at the Wuhan lab, no associated international interests, and no bio-espionage lies with the Chinese government, any involved researchers, and with the WHO and the MSM. The burden of proof does not lie with the beleaguered global public who have to start stockpiling masks, food, water, goggles, and gloves because of this possible outrage.

For the bioweapons theory to be disproven, we would have to have access to WHO, CDC, Chinese, Canadian and American scientific records, along with worldwide intelligence archives, which will not be happening any time soon. Given that problem, the notion that the MSM have the right to simply deny uncomfortable stories and rumours because it is for our own good is as condescending and authoritarian as it is morally questionable in a time of crisis. The public are not the problem here, and they never were. The problem lies with those who see themselves as above and beyond the public, who think they can play God.

資源緊缺,疫情緊急 | 陳秋實大年初六中午焦慮總結報導(“公民記者陳秋實武漢疫區採訪實錄”系列10) [Shortage of resources, emergency outbreak | Summary report of Chen Qiushi ’s anxiety at noon on the sixth day of the new year] (29 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube. The same video with English subtitles is here.

Debated Virus Origins from Bioweapons Lab

Harvard virologist “speculates” Wuhan Virus came from lab #Coronavirus (29 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.
Censorship

Virus Information and Discussions



Police Barricade Family In Apartment That Visited Wuhan "The sign says something like 'This is a returnee family from Wuhan, not approach!'" (28 January 2020) Video Source: Live Leak.

Extreme Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation

  • Biorxiv: non-peer-reviewed preliminary study, with a tiny infected group of eight people, of which one was an Asian male. Results on this limited paper gave rise to unsupported, completely unproven conspiracy theories that this virus is bio-engineered to attack Asian males and to leave those of European descent unharmed: "we analyzed the ACE2 RNA expression profile in the normal human lungs. The result indicates that the ACE2 virus receptor expression is concentrated in a small population of type II alveolar cells (AT2). Surprisingly, we found that this population of ACE2-expressing AT2 also highly expressed many other genes that positively regulating viral reproduction and transmission. A comparison between eight individual samples demonstrated that the Asian male one has an extremely large number of ACE2-expressing cells in the lung." Ethnic bioweapons are a known potential international issue, but are not discussed in a public square already obsessed with identity politics. The possible existence of ethnic bioweapons confirms a vast gulf between the way the world actually operates and the way we are told (and like to think) it operates.
  • Project Zyphr and US Genocide super-rumours, mainly driven by anti-Zionism
  • Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism feature in unfounded fears that the coronavirus was not only lab-engineered, but somehow released from the Wuhan facility by Israeli agents
  • Supposed CIA whistleblower: "This is not a coronavirus. It is the Nipah virus. Caused by fruit bats. There are cycles of much more virulent strains of the Nipah virus. The WHO (with whom I do research) knew about this in August of 2018. It is zoonotic."

Vaccine Development

Economic Impacts

Prep Links

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Awaken the Amnesiacs 11: Depart from the Camera Obscura


A natural instance of a camera obscura: an image of the New Royal Palace at Prague Castle projected onto an attic wall by a hole in the tile roofing (2 August 2011). Image Source: Gampe/Wiki.

For this weekend's solstice, the blog journeys into the darkness, the blind spot. Try this experiment. If you are left or liberal, try watching or reading conservative news and alt-media for a week. If you are conservative or libertarian, force yourself to listen to or read liberal-left media for a week.

The holidays are a good time to do this, when many people encounter friends and family they haven't seen in awhile, and have conversations which reveal uncomfortable political differences. Have compassion for your fellow human beings at holiday dinner tables, because we are all equally hammered by divisive and misleading propaganda.

If you follow the 'wrong' politicized narrative for a few days, you will notice that people are being fed the exact same story with which you may be familiar, but the players are changed.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Latent Feline Infection


This meme dates from 2010. Image Source: Know Your Meme.

Today's post concerns how cats influence human health, based on the article: Influence of latent Toxoplasma infection on human personality, physiology and morphology: pros and cons of the Toxoplasma–human model in studying the manipulation hypothesis. That article concerns the often asymptomatic or latent disease, toxoplasmosis, caused by an intercellular parasite which is passed through cats to humans and is related to human depression, autism, cerebral calcification, sex addiction, and schizophrenia. It is a disease that affects rodents and makes them lose all fear of cats; this has allowed the parasitic protozoan to return to feline systems, where it can complete its life cycle. The parasite also affects the rodent brain's sexual impulses and reward centres.

Toxoplasma gondii parasitic protozoa. Image Source: Ke Hu and John Murray via Business Insider.

Scientists believe that toxoplasmosis infection similarly makes humans attracted to cats. The disease affects an enormous number of people, which may incidentally ensure the survival of the domestic cat, while also safeguarding the protozoan. Wiki:
"Up to half of the world's population are infected by toxoplasmosis but have no symptoms. In the United States about 23% are affected and in some areas of the world this is up to 95%. About 200,000 cases of congenital toxoplasmosis occur a year. Charles Nicolle and Louis Manceaux first described the organism in 1908. In 1941 transmission during pregnancy from a mother to a child was confirmed."
Perhaps those Walking Dead zombie stories are telling you the truth about a reality you suspect, but cannot see. If you think everyone around you is infected by some mysterious bug that makes them crazy, you may not be paranoid. You may be right. From Florence Robert-Gangneux and Marie-Laure Dardé in American Society for Microbiology (2012):
"Low seroprevalences (10 to 30%) have been observed in North America, in South East Asia, in Northern Europe, and in Sahelian countries of Africa. Moderate prevalences (30 to 50%) have been found in countries of Central and Southern Europe, and high prevalences have been found Latin America and in tropical African countries."
Approximate rates of infection by country below are almost all based on tests of pregnant women. Some studies only focus on particular regions, and the numbers change from year to year. Follow the links for years and details; not all countries conduct studies or keep statistics. Note that these statistics tend to show infection passed from mother to child in the womb. They do not include post-natal infection, in which people are infected directly by handling cats or eating raw or rare meat:
  • Argentina: sources for Buenos Aires 45.6%-57.2% infected
  • Australia: 28% infected; 23% found infected in pregnant women from Melbourne
  • Bahrain: 22.3% tested positive, from pregnant women in Manama only
  • Belgium: 48.7% infected
  • Brazil: 66.9% infected; other sources range 55.6%-77.8%, depending on region
  • Canada: unknown; extrapolated estimate 14%-22% infected
  • Chile: 40%-90% of the population, depending on region
  • China: Changchun only, 10.6% infected among pregnant women
  • Colombia: 43.1%-66.7%, different sources, depending on region
  • Costa Rica: approximately 55%, increases in rural areas and with poverty
  • Croatia: 38.1% infected
  • Cuba: different studies from Havana areas, 44%-66.3%
  • Czech Republic: 30%-40% infected; in Prague, 19.8% infected
  • Denmark: statistics for Copenhagen, 27.8% infected
  • Egypt: measured in women only, 46.5% in urban areas, 57.6% in rural areas
  • France: 45% infected
  • Germany: Western Pomeranian statistics only, 63.2% infected
  • Greece: depending on different studies and different regions, 20%-36.4% infected
  • Grenada: 57% infected, nationwide estimate
  • India: 11.6%-45%, depending on class and region
  • Iran: 29.4%-63.9%, depending on class and region
  • Iraq: 49.2% infected, statistics for pregnant women tested in Basra
  • Italy: 17.5%-34.4%, a range of averages, from different studies and different regions
  • Ivory Coast: 60% infected among pregnant women from Abidjan
  • Jordan: 47.1% infected in Amman
  • Kuwait: 45.7% infected among pregnant women
  • Malaysia: 49% infected among pregnant women from Kuala Lumpur
  • Mexico: extrapolated estimate 22% infected; another source found 6.1% of pregnant women infected in Durango
  • Morocco: Rabat statistics only, among pregnant women, 50.6% infected
  • Netherlands: 35.2% nationwide
  • New Zealand: statistics for pregnant women from Auckland, 35.4% infected
  • Poland: 35.8%-43.7% infected, based on pregnant women only in three cities, Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan
  • Romania: 57.6% infected in women of child-bearing age, Timisoara only
  • Serbia: 33% infected nationwide
  • Singapore: 17.2% infected among pregnant women
  • Slovakia: 22.1% among pregnant women, Bratislava data only
  • Slovenia: 34% infected nationwide
  • South Korea: 4.3% infected; other sources range 0.8%-3.7% infected in Daejeon and Suwon
  • Spain: 18.8%-43.8% infected, averages from certain regions only
  • Sudan: Khartoum and Omdurman only, pregnant women tested, 34.1% infected
  • Sweden: 18% infected from Stockholm and Skane only
  • Switzerland: 8.2%-35% infected, based on data from Lausanne, Geneva, Basel only
  • Thailand: 5.3%-21.5% infected among pregnant women from different regions
  • Turkey: 30.1%-60.4% average infected among pregnant women, from different classes and regions, impacted by regional culinary traditions (consumption of raw meat)
  • United Kingdom: 31% infected, 20 million people in 2012, with 80% of these asymptomatic; East Kent statistics for pregnant women showed 9.1% infected
  • USA: 15%-22.5% of the population, depending on demographic, 60 million+ infected; another source states 11% nationwide, with 7.76% for US-born and 28.1% for foreign born
  • Venezuela: 38% infected among pregnant women from Lara State
  • Vietnam: from Nha Trang only, 11.2% of pregnant women infected
In humans, the disease can remain latent until adulthood, or until the body experiences weakened immunity due to other causes. The non-latent form of the disease can feel like the 'flu' and spreads to the brain, eyes, and other organs; it creates cysts in the amygdala and nucleus accumbens, and changes the connections inside the brain which deal with fear responses, sexual attraction, decision-making and memory. The parasite also increases dopamine production, altering brain chemistry in the same ways cocaine - and schizophrenia - do. Those who are infected post-natally and directly through handling cats after birth are affected more severely than those who are infected congenitally.

Image Source: Twitter.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: The Famine of Memory


This is an early incarnation of the villain, Sauron, when he was known as Mairon. Image Source: The Land of Shadow.

One of the premises of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is that the characters live in a perilous time when real history has been lost. Thus, mortal danger arises not from the arch-villain, exactly, but from the abandoned vigilance of memory.

A later incarnation of Sauron, when he was known as Annatar. Image Source © Angel Falto/Tolkien Gateway.

Another conception of Annatar, who deceived the elves in the Second Age. Image Source © Alaïs/deviantART/Tolkien Gateway.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Last of Their Kinds: On and Off the Red List


Image Source: Sebastian Kennerknecht/PantheraCats/Twitter.

This year, the blog keeps returning to the Himalayas, and there must be something to that: see my earlier posts on the Himalayas here, here, and a 2015 post, here.

Today's post concerns the BBC report from 14 September 2017 that the snow leopard (Panthera uncia), the great cat of the Himalayas, has been removed from the endangered list, and is now classified as vulnerable. Scientists argue that the reclassification could place these cats at greater risk, but it is still good news that their population has improved.


As the snow leopard departs the endangered list, more than 150 species have been added to it. The ash trees of North America, a population of 9 billion trees, have been classified on the brink of extinction, due to an invasive Asian insect, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). In the past few years, all the beautiful ash trees around my home in eastern Canada have died or started dying.

The Christmas Island pipistrelle bat was declared extinct this month. Image Source: Lindy Lumsden/Mongabay.

The Christmas Island Pipistrelle vesper bat of Australia (Pipistrellus murrayi) was declared extinct in September 2017. I have previously written on extinctions as less-recognized moments in history and as turning points in time. I have also discussed efforts to use genetic manipulation and cloning to bring back extinct species, as scientists work against the course of time and evolution; this is most noticeable when they plan to revive prehistoric species.



Image Source: BBC.



Image Source: BBC.

Image Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images/NPR.

Snow Leopard: First Intimate Images In The Wild - Planet Earth - BBC Earth (12 March 2017). Video Source: Youtube.


See all my posts on Extinction.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cairn Building Sacred Tree Chimps


This Could Be First-Ever Observed Ritual Practice Among Chimpanzees (1 March 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

The above video circulated last year, when researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Chimbo Foundation observed male chimpanzees filling hollow trees up with rocks, and then hurling more rocks at the filled trees in what looked like a strange ritual. This occurred in the Boé region of Guinea-Bissau on the western tip of Africa.

Were the researchers correct in projecting onto the chimpanzees the theory of human evolution, much less a theory of human evolution as dependent on the development of religion? For that seems to be the underlying argument: that biological evolution is impossible without the cognitive moment when the brain seeks the divine. As the researchers put it:
"We found four populations in West Africa where chimpanzees habitually bang and throw rocks against trees, or toss them into tree cavities, resulting in conspicuous stone accumulations at these sites. This represents the first record of repeated observations of individual chimpanzees exhibiting stone tool use for a purpose other than extractive foraging at what appear to be targeted trees. The ritualized behavioural display and collection of artefacts at particular locations observed in chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing may have implications for the inferences that can be drawn from archaeological stone assemblages and the origins of ritual sites."
It is a banal but fascinating beginning for the gods: merely a pile of rubble, mounded in a new way which could begin to take on significance. The hypothesis is not asking whether these animals actually find gods in the stone configurations they make, rather whether their brains make the mental jump into thinking they do. In this theory, that's evolution.

One Youtuber summed up the discovery as "chimphenge." Other comments:
  • "Sorry mi english google translator: I do not believe in God, this discovery shows that never need God in our lives, we evolve throwing stones at the trees and forming mounds, then named sacred, those trees symbolically became pillars adorned our temples, after millions of years evolution forget this and we must give a name to both advance and consciousness. Unfortunately there was a lot to us and we prefer to form symbolic it out from within us and shape, we call 'God' and is the perfect excuse to manipulate and keep people away from the truth, everyone is 'God' does not exist a single God, in fact none exists, are just stones of different shapes and sizes in different trees, it depends on the monkey and the group which is the 'real tree' that 'God' is life, we are each living being. We gave shape the world as we know it and everything, God does not exist we create it, we ourselves are God, this evolutionary step in monkeys demonstrated."
  • "and what has been noted on which specific trees have been used? do these specific trees also feature in human's use such as shamanism, or medicinal or spiritual functions?"
  • "Maybe they're trying to recreate fire. . .from a past incident that simply happened by chance."
  • "Stop bring God into it. They are intelligent apes and live with nature. And if humans stopped interfering with there lives they would be ok"
  • "might be the start of next chapter in chimpanzee evolution theyre going to build their first pyramid"
  • "Idiots!!! clear they are playing a game unknown to man. Not everything is supposed to be [for a] reason. ..."
  • "I THINK THEY HIDING HILLARYS EMAILS"
Click to enlarge. Image Source: Nature.

This theory relates to how we worship our own ability to make things. The scientists here may be unconsciously projecting contemporary attitudes toward creativity onto the chimps. Most of the world has received the Technological Revolution with cult-like fervour. Today's Maker Culture is a 21st century extension of the old Arts and Crafts movement (c. 1880-1920), updated with machine building, engineering, arts and crafts, and open-sourced hardware. These trends involve the wonder of building something with one's bare hands, to the point where it enters an intellectual, conceptual, or spiritual realm. A more etheric branch of Maker Culture is software-oriented Hacker Culture.

So, a secular search for a moment of transcendence is there, and central to understanding the creative and intellectual arts. For artists and thinkers as creators, there is something magical about manipulating matter into a thing or moment beyond what existed before, through a creative act. At the core of it lies humankind's conflicted connection with nature.

The current manipulation of the world is based on a presumed human disconnection from the environment. These were the presumptions of the Enlightenment. In Enlightenment secularism, there was no divine entity and we did not derive from divine action. But we also had a right to control, understand, and rationalize the world because we were no longer animals and were disconnected from nature, and thus gained dominion over it.

Nothing could be sadder or further from the truth, and the fundamental error in that core assumption is reflected in the anguish caused by the superficial focus on modern materialism and rationalism, devoid of emotion and spiritual wonder. It is on the basis of that rigid, mask-like quantification of existence that we find ourselves seduced by technology.

Even technophiles who try to go deeper than commercialism and materialism yearn for microchip implants and brain-machine interfaces. They want the interface to fill the holes in their souls. It is interesting that they are obsessed with organic food, and nature-oriented spiritualism, but with a cardboard level of understanding. The spiritual disconnection from nature is complete, and robot-dom is just around the corner, even if that robot thinks it has done its job by climbing mountains, or contorting itself into yoga poses, drinking purified vitamin water, or eating organic vegetables. Mechanically going through the motions around consciousness does not constitute consciousness. The symbiotic bio-tech mesh between ourselves and our tools has already started. Even with the redemptive Maker Movement still trending, the philosophical consideration of what that means lags far behind.

This is why organized religion, for all its flaws and superstitions, constantly reminded human beings of the creative moment when they tried to understand their place in nature, in a fashion that went way beyond tool-building. Early technological monuments like Stonehenge were conceived not for the sake of technology itself, but to measure astronomical changes for even greater purpose.

Wells Cathedral: Gothic cathedrals were designed to look like the faithful were entering an artificial stone forest, reminiscent of earlier Druidic practices in real forest groves. Image Source: Shutterstock.

Architects designed the Gothic cathedrals of Europe to resemble forest groves. Yes, they invented the flying buttress, but they did it not for the sake of the buttresses. They did it to build stone forests, with stained-glass windows which imitated dappled sunlight, penetrating the canopy.

Compare that to our current disconnection from nature, in which technology is created blindly for the sake of mechanized production and mechanical modalities, desperately rolled out on accelerated machine-oriented schedules. The underlying spiritual gap is evident in the current demolition of European churches because they are too expensive to maintain. They are replaced by square cement boxes.

Today, there are enormous efforts toward creativity; but technophiles still indulge powerful fantasies that they control the process. This Millennial blind spot, which replaced God with the ego, may explain why the chimpanzees' stone cairns remain a mystery to us, who are so much more intelligent.

The scholarly article on the subject, published 29 February 2016, is by Hjalmar S. Kühl, Ammie K. Kalan, and others, "Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing," Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 22219 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep22219.

Rise of the 'maker movement' (12 March 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

The Mad Geniuses of Maker Faire (10 July 2013). Video Source: Youtube.

Maker trailer - A documentary on the Maker Movement (30 September 2013). Video Source: Youtube.

HOME MADE A Documentary on the Maker Movement in Denmark HD (9 January 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

The Next Maker Movement (22 May 2015). Video Source: Youtube.
 
Maker Faire Hannover 2015 Teil 1 - Impressionen JS TECHhack (6 June 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 (23 May 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware (Full Documentary) | Future Cities | WIRED (5 July 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

Hubs, Hackerspaces and the Maker Movement: Investing in Tech Innovation in Africa | #APF15 (27 July 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

The Maker Movement and the Next Manufacturing Revolution (21 October 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

MakerFaire UK 2017 (1 April 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

The Maker Movement: Finding Meaning in Work (7 April 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2017 (24 May 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Maker Faire 2017 Berlin (12 June 2017). Video Source: Youtube.